Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Bungie Splits With Activision, Keeps Destiny

Destiny Android Activision and Bungie announce end of their partnership
Katie Ramirez | 13 January, 2019, 13:16

Bungie has announced in a post on its website that it will now independently publish Destiny.

The news comes at a odd time for Activision.

Call of Duty fans also have reason to be happy with the move as the series is now the lone owned IP of Activision, which could allow the company to give the franchise more attention moving forward.

In terms of paid content launching as part of the Annual Pass, Bungie is working on another Raid. Activision also restructured its corporate leadership.

If that really is the case, then clearly Bungie's doing exactly what it's wanted to do for a while, and shed Activision's support along with its expectations and the expectations of its shareholders.

"We have enjoyed a successful eight-year run and would like to thank Activision for their partnership on Destiny", added Bungie.

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Bungie, the development team behind video game megahit Destiny, is parting ways with publisher Activision.

There's no specified date as to when Bungie's transition to full independence will be completed, but it's "already underway in its early stages".

With Forsaken, we've learned, and listened, and leaned in to what we believe our players want from a great Destiny experience. Rest assured there is more of that on the way...

Despite impressive hype, Destiny did not turn into the stellar success Bungie and Activision predicted, and the company's missteps continued with its sequel.

Many are hoping the split from Activision will solve their personal bugbears with the game, though whether we'll see a massive overhaul of Destiny's business model, or a meaningfully different experience for players, is very uncertain.

In a statement, Activision said "going forward, Bungie will own and develop the franchise, and Activision will increase its focus on owned IP and other projects". Following the announcement, Destiny 2 director Luke Smith tweeted out the line "Guardians make their own fate", a famous quote from the original game. Considering the number of high-profile executives who have left Activision, including the co-founder and former president of Blizzard, Mike Morhaime, leaving the company entirely in April, Bungie got out at the right time.

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